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Season 2 of 'Adam Devine's House Party' Will Feature Aparna Nancherla, Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, and More

Adam Devine's House Party is returning for a second season on September 9th, and Comedy Central released the above sneak peek revealing Devine's latest party location, the very non-dead New Orleans. The season premiere will feature standup from Ian Karmel, Aparna Nancherla, and Brendan Lynch, then the show moves to its regular Thursday 12:30am slot on the 11th. Other comedians set to appear throughout the 10-episode season include Kurt Braunohler, Nikki Glaser, and Erik Griffin.

What Happens When 'The Simpsons' Becomes Dad Humor?

1. Hey-hey

Nothing lasts forever. Take me: I used to be a medium-funny guy. You could count on me to bring a reliable number of chuckles to social occasions. I wasn’t hilarious, but I made sure to get a few solid laughs at parties, galas, potlucks, and ad hoc social gatherings.

These days, I don’t know what’s going on. Every once in a while, when I crack wise or make a seemingly-sly reference, the oddest thing happens. A few people laugh, but others just look at me, their faces like ash. In those panicky moments when I wait for the bombed joke to pass, a fear grips my bowels. Perhaps [...]

Read Some New Excerpts from the Updated 'Live from New York' Book

The new and extended version of Tom Shales and James Miller's SNL oral history book Live from New York isn't out until September 9th, but in the meantime THR has released a few exclusive excerpts from the book all about the show's more recent political satire, from how Tina Fey's Sarah Palin was born to why Robert Smigel's last TV Funhouse segment was rejected to Fred Armisen and Jay Pharoah's Obama impersonations. Here's Horatio Sanz on the opposing political sensibilities of former head writers Jim Downey and Seth Meyers:

I don't think the show itself has ever let its freak flag fly in the last 20 [...]

ABC Is Developing an Astronaut Comedy Based on Chris Hadfield's Memoir

Astronaut and internet star Chris Hadfield's memoir An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is getting the sitcom treatment. Deadline reports that ABC has given a pilot production commitment to the project, which will be a multi-cam family comedy from Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. The show will follow an astronaut "who is back from space and finds that re-entering domestic life might be the hardest mission he's ever faced." Hadfield is also onboard to work as a consulting producer on the series.

If An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth gets picked up to series, it won't be the only astronaut-themed comedy on [...]

What's So Special About 'The Richard Pryor Special'?

There's a famous story about The Richard Pryor Show — as Richard Pryor's star was rising in Hollywood in the 1970s, NBC commissioned the man to make a 10-episode sketch program to be broadcast in prime time. Family-friendly viewing not being Pryor's first priority, he clashed with the censors again and again until finally they let him off with only four episodes. These four episodes are still credited with an enormous influence over the genre of TV sketch comedy — directly cited by future blockbusters such as In Living Color and Chapelle's Show — and launching the careers of several performers, including the late Robin Williams in one of his [...]

Scott Adsit to Play Sam Adams in AMC Pilot 'We Hate Paul Revere'

Former 30 Rock and Second City star Scott Adsit has a new television role lined up. Deadline reports that Adsit has been cast in AMC's in-the-works comedy pilot called We Hate Paul Revere, which follows two anti-Revere brothers in Colonial Boston. Ron Livingston was cast as Revere last month, while Adsit will play Founding Father Sam Adams. We Hate Paul Revere will be directed by SNL, Funny or Die, and The Spoils of Babylon's Matt Piedmont.

'The A.V. Club' Celebrates 'All That' as "the 'SNL' for Kids"

"All That's attempt at giving children of the '90s their own SNL began with the masterstroke Lorne Michaels hit upon nearly two decades earlier: If your comedy show is supposed to reach a certain generation, let that generation tell the jokes themselves. … If Roundhouse was a community-theater production parents dragged their kids to, All That was like those kids keeping themselves entertained in the darkened playhouse: Passing private jokes, engaging in light slapstick with siblings, generally ridiculing the stuffiness of grown-up life."

- The A.V. Club examines the impact of Nickelodeon's All That as the SNL for kids of the '90s.

Jimmy Fallon Plays 'GoldenEye 007' with Pierce Brosnan

One of Jimmy Fallon's childhood dreams came true last night when he got the opportunity to play everyone's favorite Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 007. It turns out that Brosnan is really more of a karate chop guy than a gun guy.

Sketch Anatomy: Alex Blagg Explains the Genius of 'Key and Peele's "Insult Comic"

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy we spoke with writer and comedian Alex Blagg, who currently serves as co-creator and executive producer of @midnight, which recently earned a whopping 40-week renewal from Comedy Central. Blagg chose the season 3 Key and Peele sketch "Insult Comic" that aired in October 2013 — six months before the comic [...]

David Letterman Dedicates Ten Minutes of 'Late Show' to Robin Williams

During last night's Late Show, David Letterman set aside ten minutes for a touching tribute to his friend and late actor Robin Williams. In the tribute, Letterman looks back on the first time he met Williams at The Comedy Store in LA, the time Williams gave Letterman a part in Mork & Mindy, and his nearly 50 appearances on Letterman's late night talk shows on NBC and CBS.

NBC Cancels 'Working the Engels' Starring Andrea Martin

Not even two months after premiering on NBC, Canadian import Working the Engels has been canceled. THR reports that the family comedy starring Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl — which was given a straight-to-series order last year and featured Martin's fellow SCTV alums Martin Short and Eugene Levy in recurring roles — will not have a second season on the network. Working the Engels  was replaced on NBC's lineup with Greg Poehler's Welcome to Sweden after slipping in the ratings. The series originally premiered on Canada's Global TV back in March and was canceled after all 12 episodes aired. Only five episodes have aired on NBC.

Nathan Fielder Makes a Riveting Commercial for the Toy Ball Doink-It

Nathan for You's second season finale aired last night, and the above commercial is the end product of Fielder's mission to rebrand one toy company's product by associating it with a child's first step into adulthood: "Doink-It: The Only Proof You're Not a Baby." Click through for some other clips from the finale, including Fielder's attempts to get returning guest Simon the breast-loving security guard his very own reality show.

Check Out a Preview for 'Mulaney' with Nasim Pedrad, Natasha Leggero, and More

A week ago Fox posted the above sneak peek of the upcoming debut season of Mulaney, and while it's tough to judge a new show based on a 30-second preview, one thing is for certain: "It's Andre!" is going to be the hottest TV catchphrase come October 5th.

Here's the Full Schedule for FXX's 'Simpsons' Marathon

FXX's complete Simpsons marathon kicks off this Thursday at 10:00am, but it's important to remember that watching television around the clock for 12 days straight is a highly dangerous activity that's even difficult for the professionals. With that in mind, Uproxx has made a handy schedule for the marathon so you can plan when to eat, sleep, and be glued your television screen until the end of the month. Check out the full schedule below: